I am a historian on the TIDE project (Travel, Transculturality, and Identity in England, 1550 – 1700), focusing on late Elizabethan and Jacobean politics, sociability, and empire. My first book, The Making of an Imperial Polity: Civility and America in the Jacobean Metropolis (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press) uses political discourse, literature, and objects to explore how the experience of colonization infused political culture and transformed ideas of civil refinement in London. I have held fellowships at the Jamestown archaeological site and the Royal Anthropological Institute, which have informed my ongoing interests in Native American historical anthropology and the legacies of colonialism in English museums. I currently freelance for the National Portrait Gallery in London, where I am developing material on Tudor and Stuart portraiture and the colonial gaze. My next book-length project will be on women and empire.